Why Read This Article?
- 2-Cycle oil mixing steps.
- Oil/Gas ratios explained.
- Engine damage prevention.
- Lack of oil in 2-stroke oil fuel will damage the engine.
- Different engines require different oil/fuel mixture ratios.
- Gasoline generally stores for 3-6 months before going bad.
- Discard gas after 3-6 months.
- Discard gas in your stored tools at the start of each season.
- Use fuel stabilizer to winterize your tools.
- Use fuel stabilizer when storing gasoline for long periods.
- Determine the mixture ratio for your tool.
- Most newer engines use a 50/1 ratio.
- Older engines use either 40/1 or 32/1 ratios.
- The industry gears oil products towards 50/1 ratio engines
- Adjusting the gasoline measurement is easier than adjusting the oil measurement.
- More oil is always better than less.
2.6 oz. of 2-cycle oil / 1 gal. of gasoline 40/1 Mixture Measurements:
2.6 oz. of 2-cycle oil / 0.8 gal. (approx. 103 oz.) of gasoline 32/1 Mixture Measurements:
2.6 oz. of 2-cycle oil / 0.65 gal. (approx. 84 oz.) of gasoline
2-Cycle Engine Oil Mixing Steps
1. Add oil to a separate container first.
2. Add correct amount of gasoline.
3. Gently swish the container.
2-Cycle Oil and Engine Damage
- Too much oil can cause smokey exhaust and lack of power.
- Too little oil can permanently damage or destroy an engine.
- Lack of lubrication causes heat, which causes galling.
- Galling distorts engine parts.
- Mixing oil/fuel correctly to begin with the the best way to prevent engine damage.